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Code Red => VB(A) => Topic started by: Guest on August 16, 2006, 04:59:58 PM

Title: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Guest on August 16, 2006, 04:59:58 PM
I'm looking for creative programming ideas.
My creative juices have just about dried up and I feel like I've hit a creative wall.
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I can't think of anything I need or anything that needs tweaking.

I'm sure that will all change as soon as we make the final plunge into 2007, but until then, does anyone have any ideas??


Thanks.
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Bryco on August 16, 2006, 05:06:03 PM
Make a class that handles all sorts of xref routines.
It isn't that easy in vba
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: MP on August 16, 2006, 05:18:37 PM
Write a custom object derived from AcDb3dPolyline that has real, variable radii (each vertex sports it's own radius) arcs. Write a custom object derived from AcDbViewport that honours indepent colors and linetypes from one instance to the next. Write a command recorder that spews beautiful lisp code (allows in-line lispin').

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:)
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: LE on August 16, 2006, 05:24:18 PM
and...

- write a converter from dcl to vba forms ui's
- maybe also an auto/visual lisp to vba converter code
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Arizona on August 16, 2006, 06:11:44 PM
I can't think of anything I need or anything that needs tweaking.
Go back and re-examine the processes that you support. Look for the manual repetitious tasks that are performed on a somewhat daily basis. Sometimes the simplest things are the things you need most. Don't overlook this stuff. Any system is the sum of its components. What is your system and where do you want it to go? :-)
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Kerry on August 16, 2006, 06:16:12 PM
.. and don't go home till all that is finished. :lol:
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Guest on August 17, 2006, 08:27:35 AM
Quote
Make a class that handles all sorts of xref routines.

What type of routines are we talking about??
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: uncoolperson on August 18, 2006, 12:49:45 PM
a friendly modaless attribute editing tool
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: CmdrDuh on August 18, 2006, 01:27:10 PM
make a routine that accepts arguments, then pass all your differnt ploting methods and put it all in 1 button
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: deegeecees on August 18, 2006, 01:32:14 PM
Create a SMART titleblock/database, with time recording for users via an elapsed time-out.

If you have any friends that use your program, might as well write em off when deployment starts.
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Greg B on August 18, 2006, 01:33:39 PM
Make a program that grabs bits and pieces of money transactions and deposit's those into an off shore account.

Oh wait...that's a movie.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Maverick® on August 18, 2006, 01:52:26 PM
  Make a program that every time you print it asks you what it is and who it is for (trades, customer, etc.) and creates a database on what was printed, who for, and when. 
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: vinnyg on August 18, 2006, 03:26:42 PM
OK, let's all vote for the best idea submitted so far!

I vote for Maverick's idea (until I see one I like better)


vinnyg
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: nivuahc on August 18, 2006, 03:41:14 PM
  Make a program that every time you print it asks you what it is and who it is for (trades, customer, etc.) and creates a database on what was printed, who for, and when. 


Expounding on the idea just a tad...

Using XRECORDS, keep a record of the above data on a per drawing basis. Check for its existence when the PLOT command is issued. If they don't exist, prompt the user to input the information. If the records exist, display the pertinent info in a dialog and ask the user to either continue or edit said info. Create a database entry accordingly.
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Maverick® on August 18, 2006, 03:41:22 PM
I vote for mine too.   Simply because it is the most eloquently put, obviously well thought out idea from a true genius.


Who doesn't know....... what's that guys name again...... oh yeah..... Jack Squat about programming. 

Oh yeah..... and can it be made to work on printing anything not necessarily Acad specific?   :)
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Marco Jacinto on August 18, 2006, 03:43:42 PM
A routine that creates a Sheet List that stores a link betwen the title blocks and itself.

The sheet list can be made with a table object or an Excel Spreedsheet or even better let the user to choose
where to send the information


Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: MikeJarosz on September 05, 2006, 03:51:17 PM
A routine that creates a Sheet List that stores a link betwen the title blocks and itself.

The sheet list can be made with a table object or an Excel Spreedsheet or even better let the user to choose
where to send the information


I'm doing this now. It creates an excel file from all the fields in the title block, then reads and sorts the revision history and creates a text file with the drawing name and complete revision history. At our firm we put our drawing list and sheet history in the specs section 00015 rather than on drawings. So I need the text file. Our drawing sets are huge, sometimes over 1000 sheets, so the benefit is enormous.
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Matersammichman on January 12, 2007, 05:05:58 PM
Dockable forms for cad in vba
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: hornet on January 15, 2007, 02:16:10 PM
If you want a real challange try and sort out a program to meet stair regulations for the UK.  see other post for the information.
Hornet
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Tuoni on January 16, 2007, 09:05:06 AM
If you want a real challenge... see if you can put back in the ability to "knock out" alpha channels representing backgrounds in model/layout space in AutoCAD 2007... seeing as our overlords at AutoDesk have seen fit to remove it (which immediately means our entire company will not be upgrading to any newer versions of autocad as this is quite an integral part to quite a lot of what we need AutoCAD to do...) :)
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Matersammichman on January 30, 2007, 10:26:58 AM
How about a simple, 4-sided (diamond shaped) Interior Elevation marker that shades out the unused sides (the sides without text)?
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: CmdrDuh on January 30, 2007, 12:15:17 PM
If you want a real challenge... see if you can put back in the ability to "knock out" alpha channels representing backgrounds in model/layout space in AutoCAD 2007... seeing as our overlords at AutoDesk have seen fit to remove it (which immediately means our entire company will not be upgrading to any newer versions of autocad as this is quite an integral part to quite a lot of what we need AutoCAD to do...) :)
What exactly does that mean?
Title: Re: Looking for ideas...
Post by: Tuoni on January 31, 2007, 04:11:19 AM
It means adding the capability to make alpha channels in graphics such as png or tga transparent again.  This has been removed from AutoCAD 2007 for some reason, and, like I say, has put the brakes on my company upgrading until they put it back.